Newport Still in Severe Drought
NH’s drought has brought good and bad news for Newport residents. The bad news first, Newport is still in a severe drought according to Director of Public Works Larry Wiggins. Wiggins happily reported that Gilman Pond was overflowing, but the ground water table is still low. NH DES has designated Sullivan County as still experiencing severe drought.

Residents are to remain under the mandatory water restrictions which includes all nonessential water use.
• No watering of residential landscape areas (lawns or gardens),
• No washing of vehicles
• No washing down paved surfaces
• No filling of swimming pools
• No Fire department training involving water use
• No Watering of Town properties

The good news is, because of the drought mud season has been shorter and less costly. According to Wiggins it will allow the Highway Department to do some extra work on the roads.

CHILL-aco Coming to a Ben & Jerry’s Near You
Ben &Jerry’s is taking ice cream snacking to new level. On April 20, the company welcomes the CHILL-aco. The CHILL-aco features a crunchy and soft waffle cone taco with a layer of warm caramel in between the two. The double waffle cone is then filled with two scoops of ice cream and topped with a fudge drizzle and cookie crumbs. The CHILL-aco will be available in participating Scoop Shops in the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. For more info about the CHILL-aco, visit

VT’s AG Urges Residents to File Claims for Provigil
Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan is urging VT residents to file claims on the multistate settlement for the drug Provigil or generic modafinil. The $125 million multistate settlement provides $35 million to consumers who paid for the drugs from June 24, 2006, to March 31, 2012. At the States’ request, the court has extended the time to file claims on the settlement to June 25, 2017.
Provigil, which includes the active ingredient modafinil, is approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to improve wakefulness in adult patients with excessive sleepiness from narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea and shift work disorder.
In August 2016, VT’s Attorney General and 47 other states announced the settlement with biopharmaceutical company Cephalon and its affiliated companies that resolved allegations that the companies engaged in unlawful “pay-for-delay” anticompetitive conduct involving the patent exclusivity for Provigil.
For more information or to obtain a claim form, visit or call 1-877-236-1413.

Ice Slips Out of Sunapee on Easter
It is official. The ice is out of Lake Sunapee, Richard Osborne and his family declared the ice out date for Lake Sunapee on Easter Sunday, April 16. Ice out is declared when a boat is able to navigate
from Georges Mills to Newbury. Records of Ice Out on Lake Sunapee go back to 1869. You can past years’ dates by going to